Assessment of an international breaststroke swimmer using a race readiness test

Kevin G Thompson, Stephen W Garland, Fiona Lothian

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Abstract

Competitive swimmers routinely undertake a 7 x 200-m incremental step test to evaluate their fitness and readiness to compete.An exercise protocol more closely replicating competition swimming speeds may provide further insight into the swimmer's physiological and technical readiness for competition. This case study reports data over a 3-year period from 11 Race Readiness Tests, which were completed, in addition to the 7 x 200-m test, as an attempt to provide the swimmer and coach with a fuller assessment. For this individual, data provided objective information from which to assess training status and race readiness following a transition from 200-m to 100-m race training. Data also raised a question as to whether a 100-m maximal effort 10 minutes before another one actually enhances performance owing to a priming effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-143
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

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